Valverde girlfriend reveals Madrid midfielder played with massive ankle bruise at Anfield

Fede put himself on the line to help the team overcome Liverpool.

After the Liverpool game was over, Valverde's girlfriend Mina Bonino posted a picture of Fede's ankle prior to the game.

"This was today afternoon," she wrote in her message. "I did not want to post anything until the game was over and surely later you will challenge me for publishing it, but I have to do it anyway because it's your effort and no one gave you anything for free.

"Day in and day out you have been pushing yourself to be strong and today you did more than ever. You are our pride"

With his ankle having such a heavy bruise, Fede risked aggravating his injury by deciding to play in the return leg.

Valverde simply couldn't let down his teammates and the boss when they needed him the most.

The midfielder, who was slotted at right-back, played the full 90 minutes and put in a massive performance as Real Madrid held the hosts to a goalless draw, which was enough to progress to the Champions League semi-final.

Check out his stats (via Squawka)

94 touches

8 interceptions (most)

7 duels won

5 ball recoveries

3 take-ons

3 tackles

2 chances created

1 clean sheet

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